Chris Taylor spent his working life on farms. However, in retirement he found himself with nowhere to live and no money to improve his situation.
He got in touch with R.A.B.I and now lives at Manson House in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, one of two residential care homes belonging to the charity.
He said: “The farming life is the only one I knew. It was a marvellous life and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Chris first contacted R.A.B.I for support via Age Concern when he found himself without a ‘ha’penny in his pocket’. He received a cheque for £100, plus money towards a TV and a cooker. Many years later, he found himself facing an uncertain future when he was given notice to quit his flat by his landlord.
“I thought ‘what do I do?’ There was only one answer, ring up R.A.B.I.
“Within 10 days I had moved in (to Manson House) and had a four-room flat. How can I beat that? You made my life liveable, I don’t know what the blazes would have happened to me because I didn’t have anything.
“R.A.B.I made me a full beneficiary and I’ve been living with them ever since. Without them I don’t know where I would be.”